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Old 02-27-2010, 12:35 PM   #1
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Tell me what this oldie is...

A friend found this for me...Whats it look to you guys





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Old 02-27-2010, 12:48 PM   #2
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I believe it is a 26' Overlander. About 1958.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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Tradewind w/ twin axil option ... interesting the astrodome is in the middle ...
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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Im thinking its NOT a TW, because of no window fore of the door, and where the door hinges. The serial number appears to be 6435..
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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I agree...it looks too short to be a Overlander to me and the O'landers usually have more windows - like one in front of the door. I would say its a 1958 or '59 TradeWind. Not all TradeWinds have the window in front of the door...check this one out from the Photo Archives: 1959 TradeWind It's AirForum member Brad's (Flyfishr) trailer.

The windows on a CA '59 I think are typically the "clear view" but this one has the vertical bars so it could be OH built...or a '58. But it looks like it has the International globe plaque which is a '59/60 thing. So, if I had to guess, I would say it's a '59.

As far as the "serial number" is that from the plaque beside the door or "big red number" ghosts? Because it doesn't fit the known VIN number pattern for 1959s...guess it could be a yet undocumented 1958 TradeWind with a 6XXX series VIN number, if there was such a thing??? But that is kinda odd too because 1956 Safari VIN numbers are 6300-6433 and the numbers don't usually repeat or carry on like that in another model. Hmmm...a mystery!

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Old 02-27-2010, 01:43 PM   #6
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The serial nr is from the plaque by the door...appears to be from California...the WBCCI nr is 918...anyone wanna look that one up? :-) The owner thought it was a '57... Note the 2 axles...(crossing my fingers) World Traveler ??
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:49 PM   #7
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Im thinking its NOT a TW, because of no window fore of the door, and where the door hinges. The serial number appears to be 6435..
Here is a 59 trade wind w/o windows in front of the door ...

1959Tradewind24T0114

(I didn't want to say world traveler) 22' its a WT or 24' its a TW ...
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:56 PM   #8
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Very unique masonry on that rear vent. Something maybe on the front too. My aluminum heart cringes...
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:03 PM   #9
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The serial nr is definately a pre-59 style number... since its just a 4 digit number...
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Guess a WT is possible...but it doesn't fit in that VIN number series either...

Do you have any more interior pictures? Does it have a name plaque by the door? I assume not or you wouldn't be asking in the first place...

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Old 02-27-2010, 02:05 PM   #11
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That masonry bothers me to an extent also... I guess its a form of weatherproofing...
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:07 PM   #12
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Nope no name plaque by the door either...(youre right, I wouldnt be asking :-) ) And, yes, the vin doesnt fit either...My wife wants to drive up to see it shortly..Im going to get some more pics..Hopefully I can go in it..
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Here are a couple more pics.


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That masonry bothers me to an extent also... I guess its a form of weatherproofing...
No sudden starts or stops when you bring it home ...
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:37 PM   #15
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Im going to call the guy here shortly...(fingers still crossed)..see what its going to cost me...
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That certainly is an unusual trailer. I'd say it's a 24 footer that is a custom ordered model with the slight modifications as the dual axles. The side windows are the older style as noted above but the front and rear are the Clear View and have an awning rail or something above them. The old art deco style name plate is below the end windows but someone has put the newer block letter style above the windows. Strange. The dual battery box below the front window is lower than I've seen before too as well as the center placement of the rectangular vent in the ceiling as previously mentioned. The four digit SN is a stumper though.

I'm really intrigued on this one so post us all a picture of the serial number plate, maybe that will help ID this unique gem. Inquiring minds want to know.

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Old 02-27-2010, 02:50 PM   #17
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... The old art deco style name plate is below the end windows but someone has put the newer block letter style above the windows. Strange. ...

I'm really intrigued on this one so post us all a picture of the serial number plate, maybe that will help ID this unique gem. Inquiring minds want to know.

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Nice catch on the deco style name plate. It is so faded that I didn't see it and was wondering about the newer style ones above the windows.
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BTW - 1959 was the first year of production for the 24 foot TradeWind at both factories and I have not seen one with the pre-Clear View windows. I suppose it could be an early CA plant TW since the lowest number in my registry for CA is 114. This one is a puzzler indeed.

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Heres a pic of the vin plate... Brad, I also did notice the location of the battery box..also note in the street side pic theres an access panel in the front...

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Looks like 8435? Making it a '58 Custom/Safari/Flying Cloud?
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